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Solomon Kleinsmith

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Solomon Kleinsmith appears in the following:

Opinion: Bush and Boehner Rightly Praise Obama on Afghanistan

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Foreign policy is one of those areas of political thought that doesn't neatly fall along the one dimensional red/blue map of the political spectrum in our country.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: To Actually be Meaningful, Occupy Wall Street Should Move to K Street

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The problem isn't Wall Street. These people are protesting at the wrong place entirely. The problem is K Street, the capital of special interest lobby groups in Washington, DC.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Congress Embraces Bipartisanship - In Shirking Budget Duty

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Disasters used to be one of the things that weren't used as political footballs, but now almost nothing is sacrosanct. This is much like how the filibuster used to be a weapon of last resort, but is now used on a regular basis in the Senate.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Debt Supercommittee Has a Chance to Correct Years of Bad Policy. Here's How:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Shortsighted action on fiscal issues has been standard practice for both the Democratic and Republican parties for over a generation, and it is directly responsible for the fiscal train wreck we're now dealing with.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Don't Like all the Partisanship? Here's How We Can Stop it

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Regular people not being as active as those who dominate the two major parties is one of those chicken and the egg problems.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Obama's Job Plan Won't Deliver Jobs

Friday, September 16, 2011

Businesses don't need more capital, in fact capital is very cheap right now. The problem is not that labor isn't cheap. The problem is that businesses don't need any more workers to keep up.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Obama's Second Term Chances Rest with Jobs Plan

Monday, September 12, 2011

there are some major political incentives for Republicans to not act, both on ideological grounds, as well as strategic. If the economy recovers faster after this bill is passed, I’d bet my bottom dollar that Obama gets reelected.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Put Mark Warner on the Debt Supercommittee!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mark Warner knows that even if the supercommittee cuts the $1.5 trillion is has been tasked to cut, it just plain isn't enough. We need to lower long-term entitlement spending and get some work done on tax reform to bring in more revenue.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Obama's 'Leadership from Behind' on Libya was Right Call

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

While Obama didn't have the foresight to lead on this, he did have the common sense to come down on the right side of history in the end. For that he deserves some praise.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Why I Quit Cable's Political News Coverage, and You Should Too

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Between segments that might feed you a bit of actual unspun information about the goings on in the world, it was more accurately described as thinly veiled talking points walking around, pretending to be news.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Backlash to S&P is on, But Downgrade Was Right

Thursday, August 18, 2011

S&P deserves a lot of scorn for lax ratings of what were later shown to be toxic assets, but it's hypocritical to say they should have been more honest then, while saying our country should be given special treatment now, even though our debt is slated to grow as far as the eye can see.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Warren Buffett Was Right on Taxes, But He Didn't Go Far Enough

Monday, August 15, 2011

Common sense ideas like this, on how we can in one fell swoop, make the tax system more fair, cut deficit spending and stimulate the economy where it needs the stimulation are exactly the kinds of ideas we need right now.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Don't Like Our Political System? Let's Bypass it

Monday, August 15, 2011

Americans Elect has two very specific goals. They're going to get ballot qualified in all 50 states, and then put together an online system where millions of Americans can directly decide who will be on that ticket. What better way to improve upon a system that people no longer trust than to build a platform that totally bypasses it?

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: S&P Downgrade Overdue Punishment for Political Idiocy

Sunday, August 07, 2011

The Magical Thinking that the politicians have been feeding the American people, that we can get more from the government than we collectively give in taxes, is now being exposed for the fraud that it is.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Which Politicians Won the Debt Fight? Who Lost?

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I just don't understand how anyone can justify putting themselves in the column that would prefer default, a loss of our triple A credit rating and an all but assured double dip recession, over voting for a deal that gave them most of what they wanted.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: The Right's Despicable Negotiation Tactics Paid Off

Monday, August 01, 2011

The GOP clearly won this fight. But they did so in an amazingly irresponsible manner, much like winning a game of chicken by letting go of the wheel and assuming the other side will swerve.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Rick Perry is George W. Bush 2.0 - And That's a Good Thing

Thursday, July 28, 2011

He's tight-lipped with the media, has a populist manner, swagger, he seems to be flush with luck, and is consistently underestimated by opponents he has crushed on his way up the political ladder.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Debt Impasse Raises the Question: Where are All the 3rd Parties?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

One potential silver lining of the economic calamity that could come from a government default could be an 'I'm MAD AS HELL, and I'm not going to take it anymore!' moment, leading to a centrist, third party rising up and a bipartisan ticket taking the White House.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Tom Coburn Throws Tantrum Over Cut, Cap and Balance

Monday, July 25, 2011

Everyone knows the cut, cap and balance is a political play. No sane observer thinks it has any chance of passing, and yet Coburn chooses to personally attack everyone who is against it.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Outside of Liberal States, Gay Marriage Supporters Must Bide Their Time

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Being a stalwart supporter of gay marriage does not change the fact that is has no chance of passing in most states right now. The only choice available is whether gay rights activists choose to let same sex couples in many states go without a long list of rights because they want everything now - or nothing at all.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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